Menu, Week of 5/21

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Lately, all I want to do with my time is crochet things. This is an offshoot of my desire to create/build things in general, but I have been focused on crocheting in particular for many reasons. It makes me feel close to my grandmother, I am getting better and producing things I really like, and there are just so many things to make! So, last week, I made a quick and dirty menu plan and didn’t even get to post it. Then, I totally forgot I even had a plan. This week, I have to do better, :).

Monday: I am picking something up from Crazy Bowls and Wraps. Tomorrow is the last day of school, the girl is behind on the dishes and wants to go swimming after school today, and it is payday. It is not the time for heroic cooking efforts!

Image Credit: BBC Good Food

Tuesday: I will be working from home tomorrow, and only working a half day. So, even though it will still be a hectic day (the girl getting home from Six Flags at 5:00 and needing to be picked up, a big party at the boy’s school at 6:00), I can throw together something quickly. I usually don’t mind standing over the stove to make risotto-I sip some wine and get my zen on–but this Oven-Baked Leek and Bacon Risotto looks perfect for the last day of school. The kids love almost all risotto, but they will especially love it with bacon, and it will be easy for me to get in the oven before I go to pick up the girl, then we can eat before walking up to the party.

Wednesday: Ah, the first day of summer vacation! I could ask the girl to cook, but I did tell her I would let her have one slothful day before I start giving her summer tasks. Peanut coconut chicken curry is not their favorite, but they don’t hate it, and I love it, so that is what I am doing. I don’t follow the linked recipe exactly (when do I ever?), but it is a good base. I will use reduced fat coconut milk, less chicken, and add in chickpeas and veggies for a nice one dish meal, if you don’t count the rice as a dish.

Thursday: I’m thinking this would be a good day to BBQ. Bratwurst, spicy mushrooms, slaw, grilled zucchini and yellow squash, mojitos, mint lemonade. I have a lot of mint in my garden, and I have not even begun to use it.

Friday: The kids’ schedule has been up in the air lately, with their dad having a new job. If they are here, we’ll have pizza or leftovers. If they are not, almost certainly I will have leftovers.

Saturday: Family is coming in from Ohio this weekend, and this is my night to host dinner. I want to do something fairly easy that uses stuff from my garden, so I think it will be chicken/veggie stew over rice with a side of Pickled Beets.

This menu will be linked up at orgjunkie.com–head over there for lot’s more inspiration!

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